THE UCA #4 RANKED SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT STEPS UP IN WEIGHT
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"I just want to go out there and perform well," Ribeira told SR. "(I want to) give the fans a good show, the fans that pay money to come out and watch us fight. They don't want to see a boring dance around kind of fight, nobody wants that."
Tomorrow night, May 12, Coast Guard Island will be host to a BATTLE OF THE BADGES (BOTB) Charity Amateur Boxing/ Kickboxing/ MMA event that includes the number four ranked United Combat Association super middleweight fighter Jerry Ribeira. Although Ribeira originally wanted to take part in the MMA event first, then secondarily the kickboxing event, but unfortunately opponents couldn't be found within the law enforcement, firefighters, or military amateur ranks that were available for those styles. On the positive side, an opponent was found for a boxing match and Ribeira jumped on the opportunity, although it's at a higher weight than he has fought at before.
"I started boxing simply to work on my hands," Ribeira told SR. "So that's pretty cool to be ranked number four, it's a cool thing. . . I'm fighting this guy at 180 lbs and I've never fought this heavy before, so that should be interesting."
Ribeira, an officer of the Oakland Housing Authority PD, has fought in the BOTB before. He has been training by including his boxing workouts within a program of MMA training that he believes to be the best way to stay in fit conditioning for combat. His training at Combat Fitness - Rapacon's Martial Art's in Vallejo, CA (which is affiliated with The Pit, former UFC champion Chuck Liddell's gym) has him feeling that he will be able to put on a show for the fan's that isn't a boring stand still fight.
"I just want to go out there and perform well," Ribeira told SR. "(I want to) give the fans a good show, the fans that pay money to come out and watch us fight. They don't want to see a boring, dance around kind of fight, nobody wants that."
Coast Guard Island is in Alameda, CA, and tickets to the show are just $20 for charity. For ticket info call 510-938-0818 and tell them you are interested in the show on May 12.
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